Fakewhale Physical I: The Fakewhale Vault Permanent Collection

At its foundation, the Fakewhale Vault is an innovative curatorial project that aligns the traditional art world with the rapidly advancing digital art scene. As a result, an array of experiences, ranging from media and in-person exhibitions to meta-experiences, have been, and continue to be created around it in order to support and amplify the voices of digital artists.

Following, is an overview of the first physical showcase of the collection: Fakewhale Physical I, an exhibition that took place at the Valuart gallery (Lugano-Paradiso) in May 2022.

Golden Poppy - Luna Ikuta

What is the Fakewhale Vault?

An ongoing curatorial project, and key component of Fakewhale’s core mission, the Fakewhale Vault serves as a unique space for showcasing the cultural relevance and artistic depth of digital art.

The Vault’s approach to digital art is distinct, emphasizing the intrinsic value of artworks over their commercial aspects — meaning that none of the artworks are for sale.

As an on-chain, permanent collection, it functions as a testament to the enduring impact of digital art, highlighting its role in the broader narrative of contemporary art; a perspective that establishes the Vault not just as a collection but as a cultural repository, offering a lasting record of the digital art movement.

Contributions to the Vault come from a curated selection of artists, each invited to mint an original piece for the permanent collection. These works encapsulate a range of artistic expressions, from personal stories to creative innovations, collectively painting a vivid portrait of the current digital art landscape.

Confronting the challenges of misconceptions and profit-focused narratives in the digital art domain, Fakewhale positions itself as an advocate for the authentic representation of digital art’s cultural significance, envisioning a future where the artistic and historical value of digital art is universally acknowledged and celebrated.

Godzilla - Scorpion Dagger

Inaugural Showcase: The Fakewhale Vault Permanent Collection on Display

From May 28th-May 31st,2022, Fakewhale showcased the Fakewhale Vault permanent collection for the first time at the Valuart Gallery (Lugano-Paradiso) while also featuring the works of a selection of spotlight artists.

Vault artists included Robness, Luna Ikuta, Jesse Draxler, Manuel Fois, Scorpion Dagger, Skygolpe, neurocolor and Kevin Abosch whereas spotlight artists saw Festinalente, rmtrl, Haydiroket, Bahrull Marta, d3mo, coupofgrace, 0_0__ii__0_0, Thr33som3s, Jonas Pfiffner, GrotesqueChiq, Maxim Kuznetsov, Daniel Martin, Chepertom, Francoise Gamma, Le Chat N0ir, Sasha Barbolin, SVADA, Dybus Stephan, Recollapse, Max Capacity, N-LITE, culturehacker, elbi and Sabato.

Founded in 2021, Fakewhale advocates the digital art market's evolution. Viewing NFT technology as a container for art, and leveraging the expansive scope of digital culture, Fakewhale strives to shape a new ecosystem in which art and technology become the starting point, rather than the final destination.

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